It's the same great feel of the original only bigger, taking full advantage of the real estate.
So if you're jonesing for a clean nice implementation of getting tasks done that uses plain ol text and syncs to the simple sync cloud and haven't fallen for ToDo, then check out TaskPaper.
Here the great TonidoPlug, a small plug computer with embedded Ubuntu Linux serves as a personal cloud, but not for the iPad.
Files created on the iPad can't be emailed or uploaded to the TonidoPlug because the iPad lacks an exposed filesystem. Even downloading files is cumbersome. Luckily, GoodReader comes in handy. The Tonido folks at CodeLathe do mention OneDisk from the Readdle guy, to connect via WebDav, but I have yet to buy and test that.
You can now "write" freely with your palm on the surface of the iPad and your finger will still pouring out the "ink".
The protection even works when the palm/wrist is on already written ink.
I also tested with a Pogo stylus, but I still prefer the index finger because I still have to press too hard with the Pogo stylus to get any recognition.
Infinote features a wide variety of emoticons to add tiny icons to the text. There is a wide range of colors and backgrounds that you can apply to your notes along with font choices and changing the color of the notebook itself.
The application itself is very responsive and quick zooming really feels like you're moving the little notes around.
Note creation is very quick with a double tap to the board as well as editing with a tap.
You don't actually pinch and zoom the notebook board, but rather you tap the magnifier icon to zoom out to a birds eye view. I purchased on this feature as a complement to the book by David Straker on Rapid Problem Solving with Post It Notes, but unfortunately, the birds eye view is a static picture and you cannot move notes In this view which seems counterintuitive.
Nevertheless, this is the same behavior as other notetaking sticky note applications that I have so maybe there's something in the APIs that prohibits programming this behavior. Infinote still stands as a great app despite the shortcoming.
There is no text search which I thought the magnifier icon was for, but hopefully that is being considered.
Customer service was excellent as I had an outlier crash where the application would not open, but the email response was quick and the developer explained the issue saying an update fix was forthcoming.
I like to support such developers.
All in all, I appreciate the speed and simplicity of infinote's functions and hope it won't get too bogged down by cosmetic features.
The SwitchEasy Nude hard case finally came in after quick 3 day priority shipping.
It came with everything one would need in a great price.
The 1mm thin hard lexan plastic back
Screen protector film with microfiber cloth for pre cleaning.
A couple of cheap stands in media view 80 degree positions.
And some port plugs and other oddments
I first applied the screen protector to pretty much my satisfaction, but unfortunately, the little monkey brain got the best of me and I had to redo it.
Instead of getting a second run that's a little bit better than the first, I stupidly dabbed the adhesive side of the screen protector with the microfiber cloth and got more lint onto the screen. I took my losses and pressed on the screen protector for the final application. Lint! The bane of clean rooms everywhere. Next time I'll go to a dust free lab with a proper air manifold, grrr.
So my advice to you is definitely when you have it on with a few bubbles it's just fine. Really, no do overs, just live with imperfection.
The fit on the 3G was tight and I did not see any imperfections or burrs with the case. More importantly, the Camera Connector SD version had no trouble accessing the iPad port with the Nude on.
I would indeed recommend the SwitchEasy Nude case if you want decent all-around bump and scratch protection both for the front and back of your iPad. It doesn't afford that typing position that I would like with the Apple iPad case, but other than that it's a great case at a great price.
Next up, Apple iPad case...
Yep, the retail stores finally got the Chinese junk load in
AbleNote is a new iPad app that has in app browsing features allowing for multi-tasking note taking.
Frustrated by having to exit an app to search the web then screenshot your result into a note taking app, ableNote has brought out this killer feature, now.
Tagging on the side
Can make clippings from in app browser, then open to url.
Map clippings and open to map
Free hand drawing
Can copy clippings and paste between notes
Text object resizing
One page per note
Note is set to one size, limited zooming unlike big canvas apps, Corkulous or iThoughts.
Freehand drawing has no erase, you just accept or reject; though you can resize for increased line opacity.
Must reset default opacity and color of freehand tool on every new note otherwise it starts with a yellow highlight.
The short of it:
Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add account
Select Other then add a CalDav account
Lots of criticism I've read about iPad come from cursory (at store) or no actual use of the device.
"doesn't even have a full OS"
"it's just a big iPod Touch"
Take your screen, desktop monitor or laptop
Put it on your lap
Make it wake from sleep
Turn on wifi
How long did that take?
The iPad does this in less than 10 seconds with multitouch deft.
Instant on, the web that is.
Apps like NightStand and Alarm Clock Pro only work if the app is running.
Scenario: partner is asleep, alarm is set. You play around with the iPad and the alarm app fails to notify because it is not running. Nice.
Even the iPod touch can do that.
Overlay a drawing amidst digital ink text.
Date time stamps!
Tagging for search and folders for organization
Emoji and pen colors
Damn, I should have learned, beauty is skin deep.
FastFinga had depth and beauty.
Simple is good, but a few enhancements could help this front runner from future competition.
- Undo is finicky and sometimes you can make a stroke in a session that you cannot undo.
- landscape is not a friend, the page gets cut off; Penultimate scribbling is mainly done in portrait mode.
- one review mentioned issues with many pages PDF export, but I have yet to confirm.
As a user of PhatNotes, FastFinga and Tanzaku Pad, all very functional in 2x mode, Penultimate has the early mindshare lead.
That TUAW review, helped, but that early adopter price should stick around to fend of any competition for a while.
I think it is worth it for the quick todo list or scribble.
Adding a typewriter text tool may detract from the paper and pen feel, but a way to tag pages so as to find previous scribbles would enhance the digital ink beyond a paper moleskine notebook.
Was able to connect with the USB cable from the Canon and import and delete photos from the SD card into the iPad.
Haven't tried the SD card connector, yet, but worth it if your camera is not supported or you lost the USB cable.
Verdict: buy it, saves a bit of the no camera on your first generation iPad.
Just picked up the 10W iPad power adaptor, as can be read it covers charging multiple devices along with the iPad.
Since my Griffith charger died, dead, RIP after 2 years, this Apple branded $30 essential has come in handy.
You also get a thick power extension cord just the MacBook charger that is way more convenient than the short USB cable that comes with the iPad.
Increasing the carbon footprint, one device at a time.
Would be great if paired to a solar or human powered generator.
Old Apps based on text work fine
- PhatNotes has a bigger area to write
- Bejeweled hasn't lost its charm
- iMandalart needs more little boxes
Speed is incredible.
- Pages load fast
- Everything is crisp
- No alarm clock like wake from sleep but the calendar will alert
- I need a Defender Otternbox hard case; I can see this getting nicked.
- Bought Pinball HD, since gameprom has been good with the discounts.
- GoodReader, Corkulous, ArtStudio, Penultimate, Soundpaper
Battery life so far is superb.
Size could be halved and still be golden. 2011 we'll see!
AT&T 3G signup was painless and extra fee free :-)
The spouse loves it.
Security sucks and iPad / iPhone OS will be the new target.
- ok I get it Steve; the sandbox is important.
Overall, You buy the full tablet experience and that is the value add from Apple.
NotionInk Adam and HP Palm WebOS, I await your move.
Microsoft Courier, RIP
Sent from my iPad